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April 2013

World Meningitis Day 2013

Today is World Meningitis Day.

Ireland has the highest incidence of meningococcal disease in Europe, with over twice the average disease rate. Meningitis can kill within 24 hours of symptom onset.


Meningitis Infographic IRE


Stay vigilant and know the symptoms . Symptoms may include all or some of the following

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Painfully stiff neck
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Very sleepy
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Non blanching rash (doesn’t disappear under pressure)

More information can be found from Meningitis: Keep Watching

April 2013

Five Recommended Reads From Around The Web This Week


1.Sixteen  year old Donal Walsh from Cork shares his cancer story in The Irish Independent . A hugely inspirational young man whose bravery and faith is humbling.

Donal Walsh: ” I wanted to live, to play for Munster, to travel the whole world”



  2. shared this fantastic video of ageing in action. Watch what ageing looks like from one to one hundred and two years old.

What Ageing From One Year Old To 102 Years Old Looks Like And What It Means

3.After the horror of the bombs at the Boston Marathon last week, this  piece from about gives an insight into the people who watch marathons.

The People Who Watch Marathons

4. Muriel is a 94 year old woman. Muriel is a quilter and has over 25,000 followers on Twitter and Buzzfeed this week called her the best person on Twitter. If use Twitter we recommend you follow her for her unique and entertaining comments into her world.

The Best Person On Twitter Is A 94 Year Old Quilter

quilting muriel

Via Buzzfeed

5. Joan Bakewell writes for The Telegraph this week on turning 80. An honest and upfront account of what life holds next.

At 80 You Hold On And Prepare For What’s Next

April 2013

Tallaght Hospital Out-Patients Now Must Book Blood Tests Online Or By Phoning A Premium Phone Number

The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght has issued notice that, from tomorrow, April 8th, that all GP- refererred patients must now make an appointment for blood tests.

Appointments can be made online or by calling a premium telephone number. Up until now the blood testing facility was a walk in clinic at the hospital.  The cost of the premium phone call to make an appointment is €2.03 from a landline and up to €2.50 from a mobile phone.  The premium phone number is 1517 345333




If booking appointments are going to lead in a decrease in waiting times, which currently can be up to three hours, this change could be cautiously welcomed, for those with online access. Appointments can be booked online at The site is quite user friendly, you create a log in, enter your information and there are drop down menus to choose your location and the service you require. The system then provides you with an appointment time.

What about those without online access?

According to the 2011 Census, internet usage among the over 65 population is on the increase, with 21% of people between the age of 60 and 74 now using the internet . There is no information for those aged over 74. While the figures have increased from the 2005 census, there still remains over 300,000 older people in Ireland with no access to the internet.

The other social group with limited access to the internet is the poor.

Their options for making an appointment for a blood test, from tomorrow, in Tallaght hospital, are to phone the premium phone number.   Is this the way forward for  free medical services, such as blood tests, in Ireland, inflicting a booking charge to the vulnerable members of society?




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